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1 August 2002 ALLOMETRY OF MALE GENITALIA IN A SPECIES OF SOLDIER BEETLE: SUPPORT FOR THE ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL HYPOTHESIS
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Hypotheses about the functions of the male genitalia and the male scape in insects were tested by measuring the slopes of allometric relations in six populations of Chauliognathus scutellaris. All allometric relations used elytron length as the indicator of overall body size. Male genitalia have lower slopes than male pronota (a structure not involved in reproduction), male scapes (secondary sexual characters) have higher slopes than male pronota, and female scapes have slopes that are not different from the slopes of female pronota. These results support Eberhard's one-size-fits-all hypothesis regarding the size of male genitalia in insects, and they raise questions about the role of the male scape in reproductive activities.

Stephen Bernstein and Ruth Bernstein "ALLOMETRY OF MALE GENITALIA IN A SPECIES OF SOLDIER BEETLE: SUPPORT FOR THE ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL HYPOTHESIS," Evolution 56(8), 1707-1710, (1 August 2002). https://doi.org/10.1554/0014-3820(2002)056[1707:AOMGIA]2.0.CO;2
Received: 13 March 2002; Accepted: 16 May 2002; Published: 1 August 2002
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